Great Western Railway (GWR) Train from Reading to Redhill (for Gatwick Airport)
As the Great Western Railway train service from Reading to Gatwick Airport ran every hour, it was going to be a 1-hour wait for me if I were to catch the next direct train to Gatwick Airport. After speaking with the dispatcher, I was advised to catch the next train to Redhill instead, departing in 20 minutes, and change there for Gatwick Airport.
Reading Railway Station
Heading back on to the transfer bridge to Platform 13 where the next train to Redhill is departing.
The train from Reading to Redhill on the North Downs Line is served by the Class 165 Networker DMU.
The train from Reading to Redhill serves more stations than the Gatwick Airport train.
Waiting for the doors to open.
The interior of the Class 165 Networker DMU with seats in a 3+2 configuration.
The view of the Class 165 Networker DMU from my seat.
A 3-pin power socket and 2 USB charging ports are available at each bay of seats.
A wheelchair-accessible toilet is available on board the Class 165 Networker DMU.
My Great Western Railway 2O40 departed from Reading at 1.23pm – 3 minutes delayed.
Passing by Reading Main Line East to fly under the main line towards London Paddington.
Merging on to the North Downs line at Reading Southern Junction.
Heading off from the main line.
Passing by Reading Spur Junction.
Crossing the River Kennet.
The GWR train passes by Earley, Winnersh Triangle, and Winnersh railway stations which are mainly served by the South Western Railway (SWR).
Wokingham Railway Station
Making a brief stop at Wokingham Railway Station.
Crowthorne Railway Station
Making a brief stop at Crowthorne Railway Station.
The station building of Crowthorne Railway Station.
Sandhurst Railway Station
Making a brief stop at Sandhurst Railway Station.
Blackwater Railway Station
Making a brief stop at Blackwater Railway Station.
Farnborough North Railway Station
Making a brief stop at Farnborough North Railway Station.
North Camp Railway Station
Making a brief stop at North Camp Railway Station.
Ash Railway Station
Making a brief stop at Ash Railway Station.
Approaching Guildford Railway Station.
Guildford Railway Station
Guildford Railway Station is one of the main railway junctions on the Portsmouth Direct Line and serves the town of Guildford in Surrey.
My Great Western Railway 2O40 arrived at Guildford at 2.04pm – 1 minute early.
There was a longer wait for departure from Guildford as there was a generous 8 minute stop in the timetable. My Great Western Railway 2O40 departed from Guildford on time at 2.13pm.
Continuing on the North Downs Line at Shalford Junction, splitting off from the Portsmouth Direct Line.
Shalford Railway Station
Making a brief stop at Shalford Railway Station.
Dorking West Railway Station
Making a brief stop at Dorking West Railway Station.
Dorking Deepdene Railway Station
Making a brief stop at Dorking Deepdene Railway Station.
Passing over the Mole Valley Line south of Dorking Railway Station.
Betchworth Railway Station
Making a brief stop at Betchworth Railway Station.
Reigate Railway Station
Making a brief stop at Reigate Railway Station.
Approaching Redhill Railway Station.
Redhill Railway Station
Entering Platform 0 of Redhill Railway Station without mixing with the Brighton Main Line.
My Great Western Railway 2O40 from Reading arrived at Redhill at 2.52pm – 3 minutes early.
Heading down the platform to the underpass.
Transfer to Thameslink
Checking on Realtime Trains, there was a departing Thameslink train to Gatwick Airport in 3 minutes, so I rushed over to Platform 3 with the hopes of making this tight connection.
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